How to get started on Twitter

  1. Learn to tweet, retweet, use a hashtag and more
  2. Post your first tweet
  3. Follow other accounts
  4. Reply to tweet
  5. Delete Tweet
  6. Share someone else’s post with retweet

Learn to tweet, retweet, use a hashtag and more

Twitter is a social networking platform that allows users to interact through messages of up to 280 characters. You can create posts along with photos or videos and interact with others by “favorite” a post to indicate you like it, comment on it, or “retweet” a post to be shared with your followers.

Twitter is a great resource for keeping in touch with friends, keeping up to date with the latest news, participating in discussions, and sharing your experiences at live events. Once you learn the basics, you can easily host and communicate like a pro. If you’re curious about how Twitter works and interested in yourself, check out this quick guide to get started.

Post your first tweet

On Twitter, posting an update is called “tweeting”. The message itself is called a “tweet”.

  1. To create your first tweet, after registering with the service, select at the top right of the screen tweet

  2. A window will open Create new tweet † Enter your message text in the text box, with a limit of 280 characters. The circle in the lower-right corner of the text field indicates how close you are to reaching the limit. On this screen, you have the option to add a photo or video, insert a GIF, share your location, or add a poll.

  3. If you want to link to another Twitter user, add them descriptor on Twitter (that is, the name of his Twitter profile), starting with the symbol † As you type, Twitter gives you options to choose from.

  4. You can also change the set keyword (known as hashtag ) or make your own. For example, if you comment on: Game of Thrones , you can use the hashtag #GameofThrones. All hashtags start with , and different brands and events often post their official hashtags so you know which one to use. There are also lists where you can find existing hashtags.

  5. To publish your message, bottom right of the window Create new tweet select tweet † Anyone who follows you and anyone who visits your profile page can see your tweet.

Follow other accounts

As part of the registration process, Twitter offers offers for other Twitter accounts. The following means that their tweets will appear in your feed. There are other ways to find new users to follow:

  1. If a Twitter user mentions another in a tweet, you can click on the named user’s handle name to go to their profile. Select in their profile Subscribe

  2. To search for a specific person or organization, type their name in the search box at the top of the home screen. A list of matching names appears. Select the one you need and when you enter their profile select To follow as described in #1.

    A blue check mark next to the Twitter handle means the account has been verified as the actual name of the person or organization.

  3. On the main screen on the right you will see a list Who to follow † To subscribe to a subscription, select Subscribe under your own name.

Reply to tweet

Replying to a tweet is similar to posting a comment on Facebook in that you are “communicating” with the original poster. If you see a tweet you want to reply to, follow these steps:

  1. Select at the bottom left of the tweet dialog box

  2. In the dialog box To answer type your answer in the text box. The handles of the person or people you’re responding to appear at the top of the field, directing them to those Twitter users.

  3. Select To answer † Your reply will be visible to anyone viewing the original Tweet, as well as those you’ve replied to.

Delete Tweet

Did you tweet something you regret? It’s okay, you can delete your tweets.

Deleted tweets may still exist in some places, such as if another user retweeted your tweet before you deleted it. The best way to avoid embarrassing tweets is to think before you tweet!

  1. Open on any Twitter page in the top right corner Main menu by clicking your profile picture (or the person icon if you haven’t uploaded a picture). Select Profile

  2. Select at the Tweet you want to delete down arrow and select Delete Tweet

  3. Confirm that you want to delete the tweet and it will be removed from your account and from the timeline of any account you follow.

Share someone else’s post with retweet

If you read something funny or remarkable that you want to share with the people who follow you, Twitter will help you. The process is called “retweet”.

  1. Under the tweet you want to retweet, select the icon retweet (double arrow).

  2. A dialog box with the original item and a text box appears. If you just want to retweet without comment, select Retweet

  3. To add a comment, enter it in the text field and select Tweet

  4. The message will appear on your profile page and in the calendars of those who follow you.

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